Port of Aberdeen invests in 5G & IoT

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Port of Aberdeen invests £1 m to bolster safety, connectivity, and sustainability with upgraded CCTV, a private 5G network, and IoT infrastructure.

The Port of Aberdeen has awarded North, a provider of smart integrated solutions, contracts worth £1 million (€ 1.18 million) to upgrade and expand the port’s CCTV and security systems at Scotland’s largest berthing port.

The contracts include the deployment of a private 5G, public Wi-Fi and IoT networks.

The partnership follows the £420 million expansion of the port’s South Harbour which officially opened in September 2023.

North has designed and deployed an expansive CCTV and security system across the port’s North Harbour and South Harbour. This includes integrated video management systems, automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and access control.

As a result, 4K marine-grade cameras with video analytics provide visibility as vessels approach the port, enabling a smarter approach to security management.  North said that upgrades to control barriers and ANPR integration have strengthened real-time event detection and traffic management, ultimately helping to better safeguard people and resources across the port.

The 5G network investment at the Port of Aberdeen will enable the installation of a high-performing private network at the new South Port, enhancing connectivity and supporting applications like drone technology, smart bollards, and 5G cameras.

With 6,948 vessels utilizing the port in 2023, the introduction of 5G aims to facilitate advanced data gathering capabilities, crucial for achieving the port’s goal of becoming the UK’s first net-zero port by 2040. In addition, the technology aims to create a secure and connected environment, reinforcing growth and sustainability initiatives, particularly through partnerships with cruise operators and shipping firms involved in developing renewable energy sources in the North Sea.

 “Port of Aberdeen is focused on using cutting edge technology to achieve its aspirations, both in maintaining operations at the port and delivering our award-winning, industry-leading 2040 net zero strategy. The additional data available through the installation of these systems will allow our team to make more informed decisions that will continue to enable us to offer the operational excellence that our customers expect,”Jon Oakey, Chief Financial Officer at Port of Aberdeen, said.

The 5G network will be complemented by the introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, enabling the Port of Aberdeen to monitor environmental factors through sensor technology. This will provide data-led insights into applications such as waste management, air quality, parking, flooding, and occupancy across the site.

 “North is focussed on delivering stronger networks and smarter places, and we are proud to help Port of Aberdeen realise this. Its transformational expansion and mission to become Scotland’s first premier net zero port will be accelerated through its prioritisation of and investment into smart solutions,” Julie Hutchison, business development manager at North, said.

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